Mike Matei / December 20th, 2008
An autobiographical documentary of myself and how I got started making movies.
April 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm
wow james you love to make movies
June 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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April 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm
I do the same thing, I started back in 2001 though.
April 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm
@ 3:34 “tastes pretty bad, tastes worst than beer” LOL.
we have a lot in common, i have been creating since i was very little. i never had a video camera, but i remember making audio tapes in a similar style. i also made tons of comic books based on mario brothers and ninja turtles, flip book animations, drawings, and later paintings. i also made my own board games, although nothing as tough as your “deadly danger dungeon”… then i went to college for illustration and graphic design. but yeah, i would kill to do what you do. this video brings a smile to my face.
April 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm
James when i first saw this vid about a month ago now i have an original idea for a movie i will be workin on thanks for the insoiration good luck on AVGN and yor other films
April 13, 2010 at 10:23 am
If I ever do get myself a video camera, all I can do is use my creative thinking power to make movies, and you would be the inspiration for that thinking power!
April 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Holy freggin crap that’s quite a story about making movies! It’s all about finding out what you love to do and doing it no matter what!
April 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm
U are genius!
April 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm
All i have to say is, thank god for computers
April 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm
lol this is probably the 6th time I’ve watched this, I love it
April 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm
AWESOME! i’ve always love to film and this such a great video for the ones who want to film. keep up the good work n.n
April 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm
The is a great documentary, and is very inspiring. Rock on.
April 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Amazing thats all i can say,i hope you will get a chance to make some big budget film with all creative feedom .
April 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Keep up the good work. Cinamaphobia looks like a great movie. Is it on your site?
April 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Greatest moment… after 14 and a half minutes of describing the hell you went through: “And then I got a computer… and that was the end of all that bullshit.” Awesome man.
April 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm
This one is still my favorite.
April 14, 2010 at 4:08 am
Wow, you must have a lot of passion to go through all this.
I remember doing an “audio film” with my friend, where we would record ourselves on tape and put sound effects, but obviously it was all dialogue since only audio.
I didn’t think I would be interested in this video, but I started watching it and just had to go through to the end. Very inspiring indeed. Keep it up.
April 14, 2010 at 4:40 am
Thats just awesome mate.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
That kind of creativity deserver’s a bigger budget.
And thanks to the Nerd i just bought a new nintendo because the nerd made me miss my old console.
I’m sorry if my English is bad.
I’m from the Netherlands and i cant help it.
April 14, 2010 at 10:45 am
OMG SO WONDERFULL D: wish i could do something with m ylife.. well .. besides collecting game consolles ._. like u james i alos enjoy old movies one of my fav is gone with the wind
April 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm
This is pretty amazing, I love finding this stuff out about people. I grew up in the early 90′s, I am just a few years younger than you, but I am pretty amazed at what a similar past we had as far as video games, board games, animation and “video editing” went. I used to think I was SOOO creative hooking up two VCRs together to edit my videos, recording my toys, drawings etc. My parents had an old VHS video camera that they pretty much let me have since I was using it at a constancy. I did alot of the same things you did and experienced the same thing with actors, my friends quickly getting frustrated and bored not wanting to remember lines and parts and being the perfectionist I am, it needed to be done a certain way or it didn’t look, sound or feel right in my mind. It’s funny though how you decided going the route of Live Action, because animation was too tedious for you, where as I find Live Action too tedious and am going the route in animation. Currently i am going to college and almost done receiving my degree in graphic arts, from there I plan on going to a 4 year college to pursue my degree in animation. AH! the good ‘ol days… Just watching this brings back so many fond (and just an equal amount of frustrating) memories. Keep up the fantastic work, sir! You have made excellent progress! I am so happy I grew up in the time period I did. As I am sure you did as well, not where it is now… Everything is at your fingertips and it’s so easy now, back then you were forced to use creativity, figure things out and develop your own techniques…. I believe this built great character and skills in people… Where as now… It’s constantly available and you find virtually anything on the internet, back then… That wasn’t a possibility… Thanks so much for sharing this bit of your life with us, and thank you for bringing back memories for me, I appreciate it ^^
April 15, 2010 at 12:25 am
This movie is very inspirational. You’ve dedicated a lot of time to film. And you’re definitely right about having to have a love for it. Film making now has become so much easier with advancements in technology. I have a lot of respect for someone who puts as much effort as you have into creating film. Now I understand a little more about your movie reviews and where you’re coming from when you talk about other movies special effects. You know what its like to be behind the camera and trying to make the scene come out exactly how you want it to. I’m really happy that you posted this. I will be looking forward to everything you have planned for the future. Thanks for doing what you do.:)
April 15, 2010 at 5:01 am
I was really inspired by this video. Since I was 13, I’ve wanted to be a writer. It has a lot in common with making movies. And you don’t get paid to write until you are really good at it. This may take a life time. But it’s something you just have to do.
If I ever make as a writer, damn I want someone like James to direct a movie out of it. He has the true passion for his work.
April 15, 2010 at 5:07 am
it meaning of course any work that I get published
April 16, 2010 at 6:58 am
Congratulations on your progress, videos and website. Great video, very inspirational.
I’ll keep on watching your videos.
April 17, 2010 at 2:45 am
i can just watch this video over and over again
April 18, 2010 at 5:33 am
Great little documentary, James. I see our parents bought the same Turtle sandbox. I think it’s great that ever since you were a child you know you wanted to make movies. I’ve felt the same way, but mine was music and writing. Keep up the great work James. Keep doing what you love and making indie films the way you do. Never sell out to Hollywood. Well maybe once,
April 19, 2010 at 2:35 am
The video was just… great. Proving that you don’t need a big budget to make your job well done.
April 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm
April 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm
I always love watching this. It reminds me of Ed Wood. Not in a bad way, of course, but in the good sense. That you should always go for your dreams, no matter what your circumstances are.
April 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Great little bio pic u’ve done here. Love your work specially with AVGN and hope definitely forward to all your future works! here’s to 201 and to the future 300!
April 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm
Great stuff as usual! Even inspiring in a way!
(BTW i DEMAND to see that book about zelda you wrote in your childhood!)
April 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm
That was great. I wish you the best!
April 19, 2010 at 9:18 pm
I just wanted to say FINALLY SOMEONE WHO GETS IT!!! Everything you said in this doc spoke to me and the things I’ve been trying to do. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences because this is a very inspiring video.
My first video which was a mashup/Mystery Science Theater type vid was edited in a similar fashion with multiple VCRs but with a microphone plugged in so I could do the voiceovers live. It wasn’t nearly the nightmare you described but the results were solid. No matter how hard or tedious the process can be, there is nothing quite like seeing reactions to your work from other people. When they laugh or react strongly in a positive or negative manner it is the best feeling in the world.
Thanks again for posting this, it was an education and an inspiration!!
April 20, 2010 at 7:04 am
Well, dude! I’m used my 90s Sharp VCR after to watch a Cinemassacre 200! Do you make a “Cinemassacre 300″?
April 20, 2010 at 7:06 am
Because I like to use our working used but it keeps from closet for a 10 yeas Sharp VCR. Great in LCD TVs! (I connected it so I record a TV show!)
April 20, 2010 at 10:02 am
nice james! u rock dude!i really liked the fact that u showed us that anyone could make movies….if they had just heart
April 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Truly inspirational. Not into film making myself, but I am into drawing comics, so at least the idea of putting images in the correct sequence is similar.
Have done some minor film editing on a computer before. Kinda thought that was difficult, but really got a new perspective on stuff now.
April 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm
LOL @ the beheadings, well done man
April 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm
James let me tell you something… CONGRATULATIONS dude! i mean your work it’s incredible i enjoy every film or clip that you make, i remember when i was young i make my own videos, but my career, only push me to leave it behind, now i’m a graphic designer and to be honest i have many ideas of work and crazy things, some of this things looks just impossible , but you my friend you give me that inspiration, when you you have the passion, the devotion and the talent your limits are in your own mind, thank you buddy, i wait for new videos and congratulations again for your 200 episode of cinemassacre
April 21, 2010 at 12:36 am
@3:33: “Tastes pretty bad. Tastes worse than beer.” LOL
Irony aside, kudos to you and thank you for sharing your videos with the world.
April 21, 2010 at 1:02 am
James this is truly inspiring to me, just to see how you’ve done what you do and the painstaking way you had to do it then is just amazing. I was into making stories and played out some interesting scenarios with some friends when I was younger, but never thought to film it or even have the interest in it that I do now. Just seeing this makes me want to push myself harder to get back out there after the layoff I had.
Thanks for all the fantastic work and keep it coming!
April 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm
This was inspiring. I hope you make it, dude
April 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Whoa, this has inspired me to start using my 720p camcorder, Total Media Extreme editing software & video capture cards for making films.
April 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Very inspiring man. Such a great spirit and hard work.
Greetings from Chile.
April 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm
amazing truly amazing i became a fan originally because of your AVGN but now i think your movies are great you deserve all the praise you get and more. hope you do all the things your doing now and ill be looking forward to what ever you produce in the future =.
thank you from 50 fans from England
April 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm
That was amazing.
The funny thing is that my name is James, I’m shy, and that I want to be a film maker.
April 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm
Very, cool. Who knew the AVGN had a back story. LOL
April 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm
I’ve been following Cinemassacre for around two years now and this is the first comment I’ve ever made on the site. I deeply admire the passion you feel for what you do. It shows.
I love how this video is much more than an abridged autobiopic of what you’ve done professionally with your life. As cliched as it sounds it’s basically a story about how people should follow their dreams and do what they love no matter what and against all odds ( in your case prejudice, lack of support, technical difficulties, etc. )
Thank you for your reviews, for Monster Madness, the Nerd, The NJ Odysseys, all the independent films and everything you’ve publically released. You’ve opened your heart to the world.
April 22, 2010 at 8:34 am
WHEN THE HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK YOU GONNA RELEAST NEW AVGN-episode, god dammit!
April 22, 2010 at 11:43 am
Just to say it short: You rule! I have watch everything you have done and its great! I think i have watch all your avgn movies 4 or 5 times and i love em and my friends love em to! =) Keep it up James! Sweden loves u!
April 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Just imagining how much work you put into all those films is astonishing. There’s no way I’d have the patience for that I’m very impressed! You have a true passion for making movies. It really makes me want to find something i could be that passionate about. Thanks for all your entertaining movies and never give it up as if you ever would lol.
April 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm
i’m 13 right now and my dream is to become a film maker and this just inspired me a hell of alot more. keep up the great work.
April 23, 2010 at 5:41 am
I really enjoyed this a lot. I had aspirations of making films when I was a kid in the 80′s, but we were poor and couldn’t afford a video camera. I did some silliness with a friend, using old security cameras borrowed from his dad’s workplace, but that didn’t go very far. Nowadays people can shoot video from their phones – it’s exactly like you said, the later you’re born, the easier it is to do this stuff.
April 23, 2010 at 8:46 am
ROCK ON JAMES Never Stop Your Films Short films their entertaining as Hell You got fans dude behind you ROCK ON Kepp up the Kikass FUNNY VIDEOS o yeah on e day you should do a video on all the collectables you have i know it mite have to be a 3 part episode or something but alright LATER
April 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm
In reference to your haunted house, you say “I kept this up for 6 years, all through High School”
which grades did you have to repeat lol ?
April 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm
Dear James, you’re so great! THANK YOU for doing what you do. AVGN makes me feel good. Your videos are so important for me… And I realised, while watching «Cinemassacre 200», that you have put some hard work through the years. Please, continue to make us laugh!
You’re a genius! Thanks to your friends too!
May 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm
I,m making my own website and do you have any advise? Also my friend and I are making a video called Sockzilla. And its supposed to be a crappy remake of the first Godzilla with cheap special effects. And since you obvissly make a lot of videos, can you give me some advise?
May 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm
I liked hearing your story, it makes me admire you even more. However, it kinda sounds like you don’t like making AVGN, as if it’s a hassle to have to keep making those, just to bring attention to your other movies. I mean, obviously it works, only after watching every single AVGN episode I found out there’s much more interesting stuff on this website. But is AVGN a bother, a necessary “evil” to bring more attention to your movies? Because it sure looks like you’re having fun making AVGN and I hope you do
May 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm
May 20, 2010 at 7:02 am
im 10 and my golden dream is to become a film maker thanx to this documentary THX
May 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm
I find how you were able to make movies over all the problems amazing. Im a teen, and im a writer. Now i know it is not even close to being as hard to do writing than making premitive movies, but to get people to actually listen to you stories is hard. Your story really does make me want to keep writing past all the problems of people. Keep on making your movies. I love them all!
May 30, 2010 at 4:54 am
i clapped ^^
May 30, 2010 at 7:58 am
Hi James, this video is as relevant as any to post this…
I was around 13 years old when i wanted to be a film-maker, i started off much like you…making silly things with my friends using in my case, a security camera used to watch your car at night…its all we had and i gained the same mastership of timing a video tape to record at the exact moment.
When i hit about 16 i still wanted to do it, but i was leaving High School and had a strange thought that i just would ever be able to get anywhere with it…so i studied music, another thing i was good at.
Then when i got to around 18-19 years old…i discovered your video Cinemassacre 200, and not to sound like every oother person who posts here but it did inspire me, showing that some people are just made to make movies, whether or not you make a living out of it, i still enjoyed the creation of movies much more than i ever did with my music study…in fact your video re-ignited my passion so much that i actually dropped out of sitting a Bachelors Degree in music this year in order to join a small film-making school until i can join the college course next year.
Not to be viewed as a plug, but im doing just what i would expect any starter to be doing, making basic videos for YouTube, basically lame comedy sketches, until i can grab enough attention from people i know to want to be involved in helping me, because right now, much like you were, i am just one man and a camera, no help, 100% creative control and have to do all the acting and editing myself even though i dont really want to be on camera.
Despite making these small stupid things though (which i enjoy anyway) i actually am trying many serious projects while i am here in Bulgaria for a few months…
I owe you big-time James, if it was not for you i would be sitting in a classroom having to write a 10,000 word essay on why the Sex Pistols influenced society…which i find counter-productive even if i want to be a musician.
June 8, 2010 at 6:37 am
awesome. im friggin tired.
June 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm
So good to find out what makes your work great! I couldn’t handle the nitpicking of your old editing process though. Either my head would have exploded or I’d have beaten it against the wall every time I messed up. I wish I loved my work so much that I could slave over it so much and in such detail that I wouldn’t be driven mad by it. You’re a very blessed person, James, and you’ve worked for it and deserve it. And I’m jealous. LOL.
June 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm
you must have lot of money to make those great movies i dont live in america but i wish i do … I mean its the best country in the wold my grandma went there on holidays and got ritch i am not jocking…
June 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm
It looks like you love to make horror movies, as do I. But not funny stupid ones. Actually scary and atmospheric ones. Do you have any tips on how to make a great horrific atmosphere?
June 20, 2010 at 11:24 pm
im 13 right now i don’t want to make big hit films or anything but i like making short skits with my friends.no scripts all improv
June 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm
ha ha ha, there’s a part when (as a kid) he says “this tastes worse than beer” guess James hadn’t had Rolling Rock at that point.
Just kidding, great movie! I really enjoyed watching it. It inspired me not to be a filmmaker, but to pursue my dreams, as cheesy as that sounds.
July 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm
dude, ur like the best..im 14 years old and u have inpired me to make movies.ive made a few but they werent great.. its so great how u stick to your dream
July 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm
Is that little Mike I saw?
I loved this documentary that you made of your films and how you learnt how to do different things through your experiences. I agree with your effects comment also about the audience responding to cheesy effects; I love the old-school, cheesy effects. I hate CGI because it may look better, but it doesn’t make the movie better and doesn’t make the scene look realistic. I really want to see Cinemaphobia and hope it’s somewhere listed on your site. Thanks for taking the time out to make this and I really appreciate all the films you make.
July 21, 2010 at 5:12 am
Very inspiring James. You Rock!
July 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm
wow…. thats almost like i did when i was younger. and in the end it rly felt like you was talking to me. i know alot of peapol fell like that but still awsome
July 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm
I feel like Zilver on this one. I used to do this when I was younger too. It’s all I ever wanted to do besides write novels. Recently, I finally kind of snapped and realized I became the total opposite of what I wanted. We’re the same age and you’ve experienced so much more than I have in this. Since I’ve started my venture back into filmmaking and writing five months ago, I’ve been down about myself. You really made me feel so much better. When you talked about the VCR editing it made me laugh. The home camera filmmaking and using friends as actors. Wow. I used a Playstation in one of mine to dub music for a comedy I did. Anyway, sorry to run on about this. What I’ve been through doesn’t matter until it’s a success. Keep up your hard work James. It will pay off as it already is beginning to.
August 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm
This is my faviorite of all your movies James because it inspired me to do what I do today, and that is making movies. And you are right when you say the more recent your born the more luxury you have because I was born in 1996 and with all the editing software these days it is so easy for me to edited a movie if I have to. Anyway really really inspiring James, keep up the amazing work.
August 6, 2010 at 1:21 am
Wow, you are the best. I hope that someday, over the rainbow, that I can make movies with my friends (my friends are too lazy to even help me make a movie) and be like you. YOU ROCK!!!
August 6, 2010 at 11:29 am
I just turned 13 and making movies is what i want to do with my life and this video is my holy grail of film making along with your dragon in my dreams and king Kong the 1933 version
August 15, 2010 at 10:08 am
August 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm
You are a true inspiration for film makers everywhere. for my last two years of high school, I went to a career center for Interactive Media and I made some movies, and I’m going to college for Digital Media Design and going to make more movies. I have watched most of your movies and your movie reviews made me respect old movies from the 30′s, and so on and I have become a movie buff myself. Thanks James for being the cool dude you are, and keep on doing what you love.
–comandercool22– signing off
September 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm
I’m starting college in October and chose Comparative Literature as a major. People keep asking me why I chose such an obscure and seemingly unrewarding subject when I could do everything I wanted to – my grades in high school were pretty good.
You gave the best answer there is, James: It’s a passion. It’s something you feel you have to do. Like you said, even without the prospect of big success and reputation it’s the one thing that defines you.
Keep up the good work, James. By reading all those comments you see how inspiring and entertaining your movies are for many people. I honestly hope that your hard work will one day be duly rewarded (like it is already beginning to).
Greetings from Germany – where you have a lot of fans.
September 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm
You inspired me James to be a better person http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retro/Index.php?ref=65348
October 1, 2010 at 11:53 am
I’m inspired! Good to know there’s some people out there I can relate to in films.
Entertaining video, well done.
October 4, 2010 at 11:07 am
Yes! Finally i rediscovered this great doc! Very inspiring stuff.
October 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm
Best thing I’ve seen on here so far.
Keep up the amazing prolific work James.
October 5, 2010 at 10:18 am
Hey James I had no Idea it was such a passion for you at such a young age! Your awsome man and I hope you get as famous as Steven Speilberg! Hey BTW, Hollywood stole your idea for The Deader The Better!…well sort of. That movie “I Sell the Dead” is similar! Sue em James! lol
October 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm
this is from my hart.
i want to say so much but i dont have time are maybe another time i know you dont kare you, your reviews just wanna make me thing make movies and everything its so much things you lernd me about movies, how people shold thing about things, games, live and other im maybe a kid bu…t i have an inspereison thats smart and like things i like and lern me im not just a fan its something thats more than one, buying your t-shirt’s cant make me a bigger fan so people that dont like me or dont like what im doing i’m not going to stop, i will be wathing you…(not a creepy way.)my favorite movie you’d make is cinemasicres 300 video. cuz you expres your childhood. I dont care if nobody read this the inprtnant thing is to take this of my hart…
October 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I just shared this on my Facebook. James, you are the man. I got into your work through AVGN, but am now hooked on everything you do. I can’t wait till you’re famous, buddy.
October 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Ah, good ol’ VCR editing. The problem with computer software is you have to get the VHS tape material onto a PC, which isn’t easy. I remember my friend used to have a bunch of videos on his old computer, until he got a new one and now he have to track down the raw tapes, which are probably 4-6 years old already.
Anyway, this was a fascinating look into what motivates you as a filmmaker.
October 31, 2010 at 1:03 am
That part about editing really hit me. I’m a musician who used a 4-track recorder with cassettes well into the 2000′s and I can relate to how much a pain in the ass analog equipment can be. You learn alot though. Computers almost feel like cheating.
December 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Wow, this really hits home for me. I started out with the tape recorder, as well. I did my own radio shows, recorded music deck-to-deck to make like i really was producing a “show”, had friends do characters, stuff like that. Eventually I got to be a radio personality, but then washed out of that.
I did the linear editing for my first “films” as well. Wow, that was over a decade ago when I was doing that. I wish I knew where all those tapes were. I think we’re around the same age, so it looks like we saw the same tech progression.
I still do video editing for a small in-house studio at a college, but I’m thinking of leaving this too, because it’s running down my enthusiasm and just not paying what I need for a family. I’m trying not to get jaded about it, and I REALLY want to keep doing my own stuff, but I keep convincing myself “well, do you really want to invest yourself in another disappointment?” Watching your stuff helps. From one nerd to another, thanks.
December 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm
That was one of the most inspiring documentaries that someone has ever done about themselves. When you are long gone and dead, this 20 minute video right here will sum up so much up, and hopefully someone will make a movie about you in 40 years. That was so awesome man, Keep living your dream, I still hope to find mine.
Also, I was wondering how you feel about The Walking Dead on AMC, the new Zombie series that started a few weeks ago. You should review the first couple episodes or talk about it!
December 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Wow, just wow. I used to dabble in this sort of thing when I was a child back in the 80’s/ early 90’s. Maling stories on audio tapes with my cousin, also making animations on an Amiga 500 programme called Delux Paint. i did start making an animated film in it using a VCR with an audio dub feature but never finished it past the opening title and scene, it was so much work but I regret not finishing it now. Keep up the good work James.
December 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Keep it up James!
December 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm
This was very great to see. The AVGN made me watch your other videos as well. It’s really nice to see them. It reminds me when I was a child. Though we couldn’t afford a VHS tape camera, I still had a casette player where I could record with.
I have a lot of dinosaur figures and I used to turn the living room into their world. I occasionally I started recording it on audio cassettes. Telling the whole story and such. I even made a movie with two dinosaurs when I was way older. When I was about 15 I made my first movie with me and my friend fighting with sticks. It’s truly my first video and it was fun setting some scenes up. I had a lot of fun with it. I’ve also made a little fan game so in a way I can understand how it’s like asking myself how the audience will react to it. It’s really the most rewarding of all. Because of the enthusiasm, laughter and joy, you get encouraged to keep on making and producing. Thank you for your 200th video. I truly enjoyed it.
December 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Thanks for making this james, it inspired me to make movies and do reviews and I know a lot more about you and how you got your start and it helped me.
December 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Your passion for film making is truly inspirational James! I share the same the passion for making music. Your guerrilla style filming in your early days reminds me of how I used to try to record the many different parts of songs I’d make up, and play all by myself when I was young. Thanks for the nostalgic trip to my childhood. I’m looking forward to seeing a feature film of yours in the future! Good luck with all you do! BTW I’m very impressed with the special effects in Cinemaphobia! Definitely my fav!
December 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm
i wish i could have been along side such a great filmmaker, as an amateur myself i do know the pains and long monotonous hours put into just 1 thing, this is truly inspiring and reminds me why I do what i do
December 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm
I’ve been a fan for so long and this is my first post… It’s about time I made an account with Cinemassacre. ) EVERYONE ELSE DO THIS SO JAMES GETS MORE HITS!!!)
I would be freaking starstruck if I met you. I wanted to thank you for everything you do. I don’t know if it gets old hearing it but, you are an inspiration to film makers everywhere. THANK YOU JAMES, I love these ‘making of’ videos.
I started watching your videos because of AVGN, but there is so much more to experience! OK, enough, I could type thank you thank you forever and I would still want to say it again… THANK YOU JAMES!
December 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Great documentary James! Love the childhood stuff, ever thought about releasing your best movies on dvd? Like a best off dvd kind of thing?
December 3, 2010 at 12:05 am
I just now signed up to comment on this video also like “IEATPLANNETS”. I can say that I’ve been a fan of James since he first started AVGN up until watching every single video he has on this website. I’m a huge fan of your work James and being the fan I am it has caused me to start my own video game series on Youtube and highly enjoy most of my time on this website. I’m looking forward to seeing your next upcoming AVGN video along with your AVGN movie that you claim to be making. ;]
If anyone deserves the repetition of video production, acting and making movies in general it would be you. If I were a more important being that had the ability to hire you for your talents and use them on the huge screen I would do it in a heartbeat.
December 3, 2010 at 12:28 am
That was great….its good to see what you can do with a little ambition. You rock James keep doing what you’re doing.
December 3, 2010 at 12:58 am
That’s a 3rd for me, just signed up after seeing this video, we loved your videos before, but damn..this one HAD to have touched the true fans. I hope in some way shape or form you can release all those videos to the fans in the future.
December 3, 2010 at 1:04 am
You are the greatest man alive!!!!
December 3, 2010 at 2:59 am
Forgive me James, for I have sinned… and that sin is Envy…
December 3, 2010 at 3:16 am
There is no doubt in my mind that James is definitely going to go down in history as one of the greats in the movie industry world. I am extremely excited to see where it all goes from here. Keep up the great work!
December 3, 2010 at 5:25 am
Thanks for sharing your story James! I just love watching videos and listening to music created by people who just want to share their vision rather than doing so merely for financial gain.
In a way you kind of remind me of Les Stroud in his earlier work. Just a guy that loves what he’s doing and wants to share that passion with others. Pure, simple, heart warming and entertaining.
Of course money is nice as it provides a roof, food and means for continuing to hone your craft, but it’s pretty obvious that love is the driving force here.
December 3, 2010 at 6:38 am
I have to say I love the way you connect with your audience. You put so many effort into your work it reaches people deeply adn sincerely.
I’ve been watching your stuff for years and yet haven’t commented on it.
Thank you and greetings from Spain!
December 3, 2010 at 7:00 am
realy enjoyed watchin
December 3, 2010 at 7:15 am
Whoa you had to do so much messing around with stuff just to get the effect you wanted. Most people would have just given up (I know I would have) Great to see you have real commitment to movie making. Interesting video and it was also awesome to see old some old footage. You have real passion for this, it clearly shows through. Keep up the great work James
December 3, 2010 at 7:40 am
Hey, James, i’ve been a big fan of your work since 2007 i think, and that’s my first post.
Your history made me remember my young ages when i got my first camera, i was 11 and inspired by movies like rocky and terminator i decided to make some movies with my friends, unfortunately, they never wanted to use my scripts, they just wanted to fight in front of camera, so all i ended up getting was a bunch of shitty movies of kids fighting. =D.
Now im 17, but been in Brazil, leaves me no hope to follow my dream as a film maker, once here we don’t have a strong industry of movies. =/
I wish you great succes James, and hope to see your work on the big screen some day ;D
December 3, 2010 at 8:49 am
December 3, 2010 at 9:15 am
This is really great! Clearly doing all of the tedious drudge work of film making proves that you’re truly committed. I don’t know much about film, and I don’t do any of it myself, but all of these kinds of videos have helped me appreciate all of it.
You’re cute as a kid as well
December 3, 2010 at 10:30 am
I always loved music and making music, and I really can relate to all the difficulties you’ve been through. I remember making songs with the windows sound recorder, It was the basic of recording softwares but I used it so much I became a master at it. Like when you used the 2 VCRs and there was a delay.
December 3, 2010 at 11:03 am
As a budding film maker myself, this film is invaluable to me as it shows not only how lucky I am to have the massive amount of equipment I’ve invested in, but also how much fun it can be despite the hardship. Hell I was tempted to go out tonight and film a movie just for the hell of it. You are a superb craftsman who has truly mastered to art of film and capturing the modern day audience.
December 3, 2010 at 11:25 am
Dude you are a genius, no exaggeration, pure genius
December 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm
First i’d like to say: James u are an amazing artist! Your very talented! i first join ur site bc of the AVGN! but soon realied all ur other work,i’m a huge fan of your works also born and raised in pa so i knew all the places u talked about shooting films at. Support local brew like spidey said in the one AVGN episode! I have a friend whos really into movie works and music he has his own website for movie props now,and i told him about ur site and he loved it! i Tell everyone i can about ur site and work! Well keep up the awesome work james!
December 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm
I am so impressed with your ingenuity and dedication to video making despite primitive means. It is this very kind of drive that sets the leaders apart from the followers. your the man to fit the bill my friend. I can’t wait to see a full length film by ya.
December 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Especially made a account to post this. I became a fan watching your Nerd Nintendo stuff on you tube but I found you’re site and nearly watched everything. It’s very entertaining and good stuff! You’re a passionate film maker and what gets me everytime is that you stay true to yourself and it shines through your movies. It doesn’t feel fake and I respect youre drive, something for me to learn from you! Regards from Holland.
December 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm
I’m now happy that I got my answer for Cinemaphobia lol. You sure fooled me. Job well done James. This is a really enjoyable video because it lets us know more about who you are. It’s safe to say you are an awesome person with an ever growing talent and strong imagination. Keep doing what you love doing because we love it too!
December 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm
I should have been a member a long time ago with all the watching and re-watching I’m guilty of on this site.
JAMES- we should collaborate, man. You probably get random requests like this a lot, but I have something of substance to offer. I’m a 28yo high school chemistry teacher and tennis coach. I’ve been writing a fanasty series of novels for a decade now. My work has placed in national contests and my first two books are available selections at my school’s library. The story has a major following now and I work hard every day to inch closer to acquiring an agent. Of course publishing is my goal, but your skills could benefit my project. This probably sounds crazy and stupid to you (I know you have very little extra time on your hands) but at least check out the series’ website if you have a few secs. It could be a big opportunity for us both.
Thanks and keep up the amazing work!
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December 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm
You rock !!!! I found your films cool and Inspiring !!! Keep doing it!!
December 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm
This reminds me so much of my life.
December 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm
I am interested on filmaking, James, and your story is inspiring, I hope we could do something together in the future.